A statewide moratorium on evicting tenants during the coronavirus pandemic could end in the next 2 ½ weeks, triggering what some fear could be “a wave of evictions” unless lawmakers reinstate the ban.

California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, who chairs the state Judicial Council, announced Friday, July 24, that she plans to hold a vote “very soon,” with the ban expected to end on Aug. 14. She said it’s up to the governor and state lawmakers to fashion future tenant protections during the pandemic.

The Judicial Council, which oversees the state’s court system, imposed the eviction ban on April 6, effectively freezing court action on all eviction cases, except to protect public health and safety.

The emergency order was set to expire 90 days following the end of the coronavirus state of emergency, which still is in effect.

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